J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter
Harry Potter series was my childhood best programs. A day could hardly pass before watching the series unfold. Potter is a series of fancy novels that chronicle of a young wizard named Harry and his accomplice named Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger striving to become the best witches. To some extent, I could feel bitterness and at some degree resolve to show compassion to the socioeconomically deprived. But as I advance in age, my naïve thoughts of the series has transformed, perceiving the series as a source of robust life lessons.
The author’s declaration that “smartness is the lowest qualification of greatness,” in the fast instance, challenges the smartness enthusiasm (Yudkowsky, Eliezer & Stavros Korokithakis 89). The film writer profoundly admonishes that smartness is not the most significant breakthrough and probably not an essential thing in life among men. Through such arguments, an individual can shift focus in acquiring other skills required to complement smartness. Working smart, according to the author, means acquiring abilities before venturing in a new environment. This argument projects towards skewing the general tendency among people to pursue greatness by being only smart without character, integrity, and values.
Another life lesson that can be drawn from the series is to remain focused. Harry, in his quest of search and destroy the Horcruxes come across tales of the three magical Talismans that if they succeed in acquiring, he will gain the most coveted eternal life since the Deathly Hallow constitute the Elder Wand, a rock that is capable of retrieving the dead alongside the Invisible Cloak. However, that didn’t destruct his earlier pursuit of Horcuxes which in the long run makes the protagonist triumph and his quest for peace come to fruition with the story ending in a series of weddings signifying an even distribution of peace as a result of Harries adventures. The lesson learned instills the confidence in an individual that staying focus has a price tag which is more fulfilling than intermittent achievements. Besides, the character of Albus Dumbedore teaches the pain one has to undergo in pursuit of knowledge that is practical in all spheres of the modern world. To be successful in academics, for instance, requires persistent class attendance, enduring longer class lessons, timely submission of assignments as well as attentive to life outside of class.
Through the character of Luna Lovegood, one finds solace in undertaking activities that brings out the true self and appreciate our individuality. She never pays any attention to what her peers thought of her but strived to do the little things that gave her the real feeling of happiness. Moreover, her actions isolate fake friends from the true ones implying that genuine friends will be comfortable with an individual’s weaknesses and strengths and be friends forever.
Nevertheless, at times an individual needs to confront his/her troubles alone as portrayed in the character of Harry who, in most occasions, confronted his challenger without external help for good reasons. Although solitude weakens the soul, Harry Potter proved otherwise facing massive set up by colleagues to be suspended from school, struggling to find a place he could call home until he emerges victorious not only economically but also socially through having a family of his own (Yudkowsky, Eliezer & Stavros Korokithakis 92).
If Harry Potter is anything to go by, then the best
lesson learnt is that power should be used with moderation. When its used with
good intention, it produces a magnificent result, but when its applied in the
affirmative, its destructive nature is felt by living and non-living objects.
The Elder Wand creation in the series is a clear manifestation of the
destructive nature of power. To own it, Wizzard had to slay his master, and
friends turned on each other to access it creates all kinds of destruction to
any person willing to have it (Yudkowsky,
Eliezer & Stavros Korokithakis 89).
Yudkowsky, Eliezer, and Stavros Korokithakis. “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.” (2015): 89.